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IMAGING Management

Prognostic Value of Non-invasive Cardiac Exams in CAD Patients

2017 27 Mar

Non-invasive imaging techniques are increasingly used in the evaluation of patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease (CAD). A new study comparing the prognostic value of all available non-invasive cardiac investigations has found that a negative test result for all modalities conveys an excellent prognosis for patients with suspected... Read more

ICU Management

Prognostic Scores and Risk-Adjusted Mortality: What You Should Know

2016 25 Oct

Mark T. Keegan and Marcio Soares outline “What every intensivist should know about prognostic scoring systems and risk-adjusted mortality” in a recent article in Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva . Scoring systems used in the ICU can be generic or disease-specific, with  many uses. The two categories are organ failure scores and the severity-of-illness... Read more

Cardiology Management

Inflammation: The Key to Heart Failure Prognosis?

2016 06 Sep

Despite significant therapeutic advances, the prognosis of heart failure is still worse than that of most cancers. This is mainly because the important pathophysiological mechanisms of heart failure still remain unidentified.  It is already established that inflammation contributes to both the development and progression of heart failure. Inflammatory... Read more

Health Management

Prognosis Negative

2016 01 Jul

THE HEALTH SECTOR’S CYBER -HYGIENE EPIDEMIC Nietzsche said, “ All great things must first wear terrifying and monstrous masks in order to inscribe themselves on the hearts of humanity ”. Unfortunately, for the health sector the issues of ransomware, malware and hackers must worsen before things improve. This is not a sadistic estimation; rather, it... Read more

ICU Management

Divergent Views on Prognosis Between Doctors and Surrogate Decision-Makers

2016 18 May

Surrogate decision makers for intensive care patients may misunderstand information given about the patient’s prognosis. Commonly, this misperception is attributed to poor understanding of medical information. However, a study from the United States, published in JAMA , has found that such discordance occurred in more than half of their sample,... Read more

ICU Management

Acute-on-Chronic Liver Failure: Biomarker Can Predict Mortality

2016 04 Apr

Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital and Aarhus University in Denmark have found that the biomarker CD163 can predict mortality in patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). The study is published in the Journal of Hepatology . Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a syndrome found in liver cirrhosis patients, when liver... Read more